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Sen. Michael Enzi’s 2015 Report Card

Senior Senator from Wyoming
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These year-end statistics cover Enzi’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Enzi’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Joined bipartisan bills the 5th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 138 bills that Enzi cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (5th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); Senate Republicans (7th percentile); All Senators (4th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked 7th most conservative compared to All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Enzi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (87th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 4 others)

2 of Enzi’s bills and resolutions in 2015 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 1110: National Forest System Trails Stewardship ...; S. 1315: Knife Owners’ Protection Act of ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Got the 10th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

Enzi’s bills and resolutions had 124 cosponsors in 2015. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (43rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Enzi’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 500: State Mineral Revenue Protection Act; S. 548: A bill to clarify that ...; S. 549: A bill to clarify that ...; S. 550: A bill to clarify that ...; S. 667: Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act ...; S. 1110: National Forest System Trails Stewardship ...; S. 1354: Medicare Patient Access to Hospice ...; S. 2039: A bill to designate the ...; S.Res. 114: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 128: A resolution supporting the designation ...; S.Res. 263: A resolution supporting the goals ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (65th percentile); Senate Republicans (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (65th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Was 17th most absent in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

Enzi missed 3.8% of votes (13 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Enzi’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (81st percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Enzi introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Introduced

Enzi introduced 29 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (59th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Enzi introduced 3 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 958: Small Business Fairness Act; S. 1315: Knife Owners’ Protection Act of ...; S.Con.Res. 11: An original concurrent resolution setting ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (40th percentile); Senate Republicans (35th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (53rd percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Enzi tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 34% of Enzi’s 29 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (59th percentile); Senate Republicans (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (64th percentile); All Senators (62nd percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Committee Positions

Enzi held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Enzi’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Republicans (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Bills Cosponsored

Enzi cosponsored 138 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (54th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (28th percentile); All Senators (33rd percentile).


 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Enzi’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (43rd percentile); Senate Republicans (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (48th percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Enzi supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Enzi 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Enzi cosponsored S. 282: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (63rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.